Few emotions garner a more passionate, more guttural reaction in each of us than love. Except perhaps for hate. And yet, which of us could give an unequivocal definition of what each of these emotions stand for; how they manifest themselves; or even why? Expressions of love take many forms, some of them saccharine, some violent, even repulsive to the eyes of society. To paraphrase the age-old adage, one man's act of love, is another man's manifestation of hatred.
On the surface, love - and its flip side, hate - might seem simple subjects to capture. Our daily lives are filled with mundane declarations of love, and mindless acts of hatred. But love and hate run deep. Look beneath the surface and you will often discover them masquerading as each other. So, how do you capture such an ill-defined buffer zone separating two strong, conflicting passions? As submissions rolled in, we were exhilarated to see the kind of images our fellow artists had conjured in their quest to define these blurred emotional states.
The photos that comprise these twin exhibitions successfully navigate the worlds of love, hate, and the rugged terrain that lies between them. Welcome aboard.
The twin exhibitions of “LOVE” & “HATE” featured work by the following photographers (in alphabetical order):
Kalliope Amorphous, Jen Campbell, Brent Clarke, Sam Comen, Goncalo Cunha de Sa, Stephanie Diani, Gregg Evans, Ann Fjelloe-Jensen, J. Folks, Linda Forsell, Ana Galan, Laura Glabman, Dennis Hodges, Stephen Hoffman, Akihiro Furuta, Stephen Honicki, Stelios Karatheodorou, Anthony Karen, Viktor Koen, Matthew Labarbiera, Yijun Liao, Amy Lyne, Daniel Meade, Dimitri Mellos, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Frank Mullaney, Amy Oliver, Michelle Sank, Ute Schernau, Michael Schmidt, Ingrid Spangler, Sharon Stepman, Anna Tihanyi, Sebastiano Tomada, Whitney Tressel, Rafael Vargas, Drew Waters, Lawrence White, and David Witten.